Liz Moran is the managing editor of GSJ and SEJ, based in the SMS Executive Office in Chicago. She manages publication communications and brand development, and supports the Media Innovations program in its development and integration into other SMS programs. Liz also oversees the SMS Fellows for their nomination, election, and meeting coordination. A Chicago-area native, Liz received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with an emphasis in Strategic Communication. Most recently, she worked as the Design Awards Director for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), managing awards submissions, juror facilitation, and programming for a professional association of more than 15,000 members across 58 countries. Prior to IIDA, Liz launched and managed two databases for BuildCentral Inc. detailing the national hotel and multifamily development pipelines. Liz volunteers with Lakeview Pantry in Chicago, and enjoys practicing world percussion, including West African djembe drums and Japanese taiko.